Optimism on the iron chain with the opening of a new event and convention center


The new Iron Trail Motors event and convention center has been an ongoing project for 20 years

VIRGINIA, Minn. – A colossal 20-year project in the works is now a reality and is taking shape in the city of Virginia.

Now, the City of Virginia Parks and Recreation Department is proud to bring people inside the new Iron Trail Motors Convention and Event Center.

“This is a game-changing facility for the entire Iron Range,” said Brian Silber, director of Park and Rec at the City of Virginia.

As you walk through the doors, you’ll instantly see that the flow matches the functionality of the all-new 120,000 square foot facility.

“We want things to happen here all the time,” said Silber.

From hockey tournaments to weddings, trade shows and conventions, the new Iron Trail Motors event and convention center is here to serve residents of the area and beyond.

“Hockey is key here in this business, so we have two state-of-the-art arenas,” said Silber.

Arena number one can accommodate up to 2,500 people. The second arena serves as a training space, accommodating up to 500 visitors.

“We’ll even have summer ice all summer, which this area has been missing for some time,” said Silber.

This new building, helping to grow and expand what the old miners’ memorial building was unable to provide.

“It addresses the needs that were lacking at the Miners’ Memorial Building,” said Silber. “We tried to bring pieces of this building into this building.”

Benches reused on the wall of professional skaters, the memory of the miners’ building remains alive.

“The excitement is really growing in the area, people are excited to come here and see this brand new facility that we have been dreaming of for decades,” said Silber.

In addition to the on-ice events, a ballroom inside the facility can accommodate up to 500 people, something the Iron Range lacked for many years.

“It’s nice to be able to adapt it to your use of it,” said Gary Francisco, senior superintendent at Kraus-Anderson Construction Company.

Francisco is delighted to see the flexibility offered by the new facility.

“Just to see the end user here using the facility, all the noise, the laughter, the people, for me that’s what’s rewarding about my job and what I do,” Francisco said.

“We hope this building will be the center of activity not only for Virginia and the Quad Cities, but the entire railroad chain,” said Silber.

The project began in May 2020. Now open for business, the Virginia Parks and Rec Department remains optimistic about what the future holds.

“This building is like you and me, it will continue to grow with our region over the next several decades,” said Silber.

Click here for a full list of upcoming events, or if you’re interested in hosting an event at the new center.


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